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18. Un Unschooling Experience


Worth reading 😎

An unconventional book on educating kids outside the school system. Both breathtaking to behold and unbelievable in pacing and intensity.

This is no ordinary book in the oftentimes extraordinary world of parents and homeschooling. Or as the writer calls her version of it, "unschooling".

As parenting and education books go, this one's pacing can only be described as "break-neck speed"! Page after page, chapter after chapter, the writer takes us on a whirlwind journey of parenting her children, while simultaneously "unschooling" them.

The writer, a stay-home-mom, makes it pretty clear from the get-go her purpose for writing the book. Her account of raising and educating her kids outside of the standardized education system in Atlanta, Georgia, where she resides with her husband and three children, is amazing to say the least!

Writer and super mom Marta Obiols' account splendidly takes the reader into her world, and the years she spent raising kids in ways even most of us, in today's sophisticated parenting world, would deem unorthodox.

From libraries to parks, Pizza Huts to Six Flags, this resourceful mom managed to sign her kids up for every free children activity she could find in Atlanta and beyond. All with the intent of learning from the "school of life", rather than the schools in our lives.

To say it took unflinching Herculean effort would surely be an understatement!

Written upon her eldest not just surviving, but thriving and turning 18, Marta's book takes you through a decade of a roller-coaster ride on how to undo what structured schooling often fails to do for our children: give them a good education.

While certainly, this former educator is living proof homeschooling and unschooling are more than possible, her relentless energy and determination might not translate easily into every family's circumstance.

And that is why this reviewer (also an educator and parent) is grateful Marta makes it clear at the start she's not writing a "how-to" book on unschooling. She is merely chronicling her family's exciting adventure into the fraught-filled but ultimately rewarding world of raising and educating children, on terms not dictated by societal conventions.

Still, every parent who finishes this book must put it down and decide: "Have I Marta's stamina to last through such a marathon as 'unschooling' my kids?"

For this reviewer, it's a definite "Errr..."! But hey, at least I know now there's irrefutable proof unschooling can be done. For that, I must thank and salute writer and mom Marta Obiols. And other parents just like her!

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I’m Kelvin from Singapore. I blog on being a stay home dad; advocate for special needs (my youngest has autism); detail my writing journey, and discuss work, education, and society. Books & films are my faves, and I review them in my blog too, so I would make a great reviewer on Discovery!


About the author

Marta is a Catalan immigrant, former public school teacher, and current unschooling mother. With a dual degree in Elementary and Special Education from Blanquerna Ramon Llull University in Barcelona, she's spent the past nine years homeschooling and then unschooling her children in Atlanta, GA. view profile

Published on July 25, 2021

20000 words

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

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